XP Activation issues after format and install

Posted on 2007-10-20
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
We have a PC with a genuine license for Windows XP Professional. Recently it started asking to be activated even though it had already been activated and has been working fine for the last couple of years.

After doing a format and install on more than one hard drive it asks for activation straight away, not giving the usual number of days to activate, and then after saying it is successfully activated asks you once again to activate. Then we are stuck in a loop of it saying please activate and "already activated" This has now happened to us on 3 Hard Drives.

Does anybody have any idea what we should try next to get the PC working properly?
Question by:mikcanavan
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    by:Naser Gabaj
    May be your product key is not valid any more, in order to make sure you are using your own key, use tools to retrieve your key and match it with the one you have, is not then you need to obtain it from Microsoft:

    Download it from here:



    Author Comment

    Thanks for the reply Naser

    The license key were using is the 1 on the sticker. And the activation loop doesnt let you get into windows. Just on an update weve now tried a brand new license key and its giving us the same issue
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    Ok, then try one of those solutions and let me know:

    Try 1 then 2.  These are just tips I have seen around but have never tried myself.  Backup any keys before changing anything.

    Go to Start- Run then type Regedit.exe

    Click here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    There you'll find a key called Activation Required ... double click on it and set the value to 0 (instead of 1)

    Reboot and see if it says it requires Activating.

    Run Reg Edit and browse to this key:
    "HKey_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents"

    Change ANYTHING (any one digit) of the value: oobetimer
    (this will de-activate XP

    Reboot and see if the next Online Activation takes.

    Another solutions from PAQ EE:

    Good luck,

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    Expert Comment

    Did you format completely drive when install XP?

    Author Closing Comment

    Sorry for not accepting earlier

    Author Comment

    Sorry for not accepting the answer earlier. The problem was resolved. Thankyou Naser72
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    by:Naser Gabaj
    Glad to see that helps, and thanks for the points.

    Just for Curiosity, Igave u multi option solution, which one that helps?



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